Every month, I collect news stories that mentioned ACUHO-I, a member, the student housing industry, or college students and college life in general. I provide this list of citations as a part of the Central Office’s report to the Executive Board each month.
Ian Parker, The Story of a Suicide, The New Yorker, February 6, 2012.
Parker details Dharun Ravi and Tyler Clementi’s brief period as roommates at Rutgers, including, as housing professionals are all-too-familiar with, online “spying”, brief texting and very little in-person communication. Parker delves into how each young man perceived himself, his online persona, and his roommate. This is a tragic, heartbreaking story of isolation, mis-understanding, and a complete lack of communication.
Richard Pérez-Peña & Daniel E. Slotnik, Gaming the College Rankings, The New York Times, January 31, 2012.
In the frenetic atmosphere created by the U.S. News and World Report college rankings, some institutions hedged their numbers, or tweaked their reporting in hopes of listing higher.
OSU Research Communications, Study: Off-Campus College Party Hosts Drink More Than Attendees, January 24, 2012.
The hostests drink the mostest (or the hosts drink the most), according to researcher Dr. Cynthia Buettner. An online survey of 3,796 students during two academic years showed that at least 10 % of students on a campus are hosting a party any given weekend. Hosts tend to be male, Greeks, in their second year or higher of college, living off-campus, and have more spending money than their peers.
Ronda Kaysen, Public College, Private Dorm, The New York Times, January 24, 2012.
The NYT reports on public institutions that are working with private contractors to build and finance housing, and sometimes to maintain and manage it too. This is nothing new for our blog readers, but it offers the perspective of non-higher-ed folks.
Serena Golden, Common Reading, Common Ground, Inside HigherEd, January 11, 2012.
A Modern Language Association panel discussed “freshman reads” and their critics. Many departments want to have an influence on freshman read; it has become a commodity for those who wish to instruct students or make a statement about the institution.
Eyder Peralta, Georgia Will Merge Eight Colleges to Save Money, NPR The Two-Way News Blog, January 10, 2012.
Four institutions will be formed out of what is now eight in Georgia, according to the state’s board of regents. Will this be an economizing trend in other states?
Amy Harmon, Navigating Love and Autism, The New York Times, December 26, 2011.
A sweet, honest story about a college student couple, who both have Asperger’s Syndrome, and how they’ve managed their relationship. Enjoyable for anyone to read, but especially for members who are particularly involved in efforts to welcome students with Asperger’s or autism to campus.